Surprise as EFCC Invites Nigerians to Bid for 61 Forfeited Houses, Lands in Powerful States

Surprise as EFCC Invites Nigerians to Bid for 61 Forfeited Houses, Lands in Powerful States

  • A move that would surprise many is the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission's recent announcement as we wind up the year 2022
  • This is as the anti-graft agency called on Nigerians to bid for 61 luxury apartments and lands nationwide
  • The commission's spokesperson Wilson Uwujaren who confirmed the development noted that The properties were forfeited based on court orders obtained by the EFCC over the years

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has concluded plans to auction properties that are subjects of final forfeiture orders.

The commission has invited interested persons or organisations to submit bids for the forfeited properties latest by 12:00 noon on Monday, January 9, 2023.

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abuja, Lagos state
EFCC call on Nigerians to bid for forfeited houses, and lands across the country. Photo credit: Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
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The EFCC’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, revealed this in a statement on Wednesday, December 28, in a post shared on the commission's Facebook page and sighted by on Thursday, December 29.

Uwujaren said,

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“The properties consisting of 61 Units of luxury apartments, plots of lands and apartments across the country are being offered for sale in accordance with the EFCC (Establishment) Act, 2004, Public Procurement Act, 2007 and the Proceeds of Crime (Recovery and Management) Act, 2022.”

The top states in Nigeria where the auction is taking place

Meanwhile, The PUNCH had earlier reported that the EFCC would auction 144 forfeited houses and lands across the country, with Lagos, Abuja, and Rivers State taking the lead.

Why the auction, EFCC opens up

The auction is open to members of the public with the exception of individuals and corporate entities that have been or are being prosecuted by the EFCC; directors of such companies and employees of the EFCC.

Uwujaren noted that a competitive bidding process is being adopted for the disposal of the properties.

He added,

“The bid forms which can be downloaded from the EFCC website must be submitted alongside 10 per cent of the bid amount in certified bank drafts payable to the EFCC. If the sum exceeds N10m, multiple certified bank drafts must be provided; drafts of unsuccessful bidders will be returned once the bidding process is concluded.”

Embattled Ekweremadu to spend Christmas, New Year in jail

Embattled Nigerian lawmaker Senator Ike Ekweremadu will be in jail for the Christmas and New Year’s celebrations as the Central Criminal Court in London denied him bail yet again.

The court denied him bail on Tuesday, December 21, on the premise that he was a flight risk.

It was gathered that the letter on assets forfeiture cases against him by the EFCC also played a part in the bail denial.

Abdulrasheed Bawa: Will EFCC chairman be jailed? Police finally open up earlier reported that the Nigerian Police Force has reacted to the court judgment that ordered that Abdulrasheed Bawa, the chairman of the EFCC, should be remanded in Kuje correctional centre.

The spokesperson of the police, Muyiwa Adejobi, said the force is yet to receive the court document on the judgment.

The EFCC boss was convicted on Tuesday following the failure of the anti-graft agency to return a Range Rover and N40m to one Rufus Ojuawo, who was discharged and acquitted in 2018.


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